Saturday, October 25, 2014
Katrina Gross Negligence Affirms Prior Assessment
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 25 December 2008
In August, 2007, I voiced concern that post- Katrina planning gave insufficient attention to the poorest victims. Unfortunately, those concerns have been affirmed: The Black poor, especially in the ... read more >>
Brewer's Heralded Hiring Also Sealed His Fate
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 18 December 2008
David L. Brewer III's brief stint as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) represented high hope and expectations gone awry. Convinced that he had the requisite leadership, ... read more >>
Black on Black Violence: Part Pained Indifference
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 04 December 2008
Blacks universally denounce Black-on-Black violence but in many neighborhoods kill each other with near epidemic frequency. Relatively few are involved, directly or indirectly, in efforts to eliminate ... read more >>
Schools Fail Black Students, So Why Are We Silent?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 27 November 2008
Public schools fail to educate Black students. However, a prolonged silence of parents, educators and others helps to perpetuate such failure. Abject negligence by urban school districts like the Los ... read more >>
What Do You Say: Are Racism's Tentacles Indelible?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 20 November 2008
The problem is not defining racism, but doing something about it is; its pernicious tentacles still infect all of our lives. And even though contemporary advocate scholars like Michael Eric Dyson and ... read more >>
What Now, Deja Vu or Strategic Alternatives?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 13 November 2008
Waves of euphoria greeted the news that Barack Obama had become president of the United States. However, reaction ranged all the way from joy and grudging acceptance, to disappointment and disgust--all ... read more >>
The Campaign and Beyond Deconstructing Obama
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 06 November 2008
"I'm not voting for a Black man." This refrain, prevalent among white union members in NW St. Louis, mirrors continuing racism that was still the biggest obstacle to Barack Obama's ... read more >>
Progressive Leadership for the 2nd District
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 30 October 2008
The county's 2nd Supervisorial District deserves visionary, progressive leadership and State Senator Mark- Ridley Thomas fits the bill. His integrity, intelligence and audacious courage in the ... read more >>
Prevention Key to Reducing Violence in Schools
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 23 October 2008
Schools echo America's history and continuing propensity for violence; school violence is a subset of broader youth and urban violence spawned by poverty, racism and systemic neglect clearly ... read more >>
Redistricting: Those Who Draw the Lines Prevail
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 16 October 2008
It's both unnerving and reprehensible that Los Angeles Black leadership, elected officials especially, have said virtually nothing about the redistricting initiative on the November ballot-no community ... read more >>
Racial Pride: A Lost But Found Imperative
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 09 October 2008
In a momentous demonstration of ethnic pride, thousands of Jews celebrated the Star of David flag-raising at the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles. What's wrong with that? Nothing, but similar expressions ... read more >>
Denying Race Matters Perpetuates White Priviege
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 02 October 2008
America continues its tap dance around the reality of race. Sadly, Blacks participate in the charade, albeit for vastly different, though equally fallacious reasons. Whites downplay the primacy of ... read more >>
New Black Leadership Key to Strategic Unity
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 25 September 2008
Challenges and barriers constantly collide, impeding Black's progress. Their seemingly endless struggle for justice might have proved fatal long ago but for storied resilience. Resilience is not ... read more >>
Inglewood's Killings: City Council Doesn't Get It
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 18 September 2008
The Inglewood City Council recently called a special meeting on recent officer-involved shootings (OIS)-Inglewood police have shot and killed four men in the last four months. The meeting was at 2:30 ... read more >>
Bill Cosby’s Continuing Denigration of Blacks
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 28 August 2008
Dr. Bill Cosby demeans Blacks, especially young inner-city Black males. Although fully aware of the antecedents to Black America’s plight, Cosby, ignoring both history and systemic factors, puts ... read more >>
EXPO Line Dangerous And Discriminatory
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 20 August 2008
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) puts the burden of the proposed Expo Light Rail Line street level trains on South Los Angeles. The following commentary by Damien Goodman, Chair of the Citizens ... read more >>
Given Half a Chance, Black Males Succeed
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 14 August 2008
Public education’s criminal neglect of Black students, especially Black males, is a recurrent subject of this column. Locally, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), among others, continues ... read more >>
Peak Oil: An Incubating Global Tsunami
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 07 August 2008
Most people have never heard of peak oil-the peaking of global oil production. It has devastating ramifications, especially for Blacks and other disenfranchised groups throughout the world. Global warming ... read more >>
Inglewood: What Happens When Outrage Fades?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 31 July 2008
Last week’s Inglewood City Council meeting was packed, even the overflow room overflowed. The large crowd, rare except after a crisis, consisted of Inglewood residents, concerned others, and grieving ... read more >>
Race Matters Absolutely in Politics and All Else
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 24 July 2008
Race matters. Even when not explicit, it is an inextricable ingredient of social, political and economic reality in America and throughout the world. The running debate, notwithstanding, the primacy ... read more >>
Obama Shifting: Principled or Just Expedient?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 July 2008
Barak Obama has changed positions on several issues during the course of the campaign. Although a staunch Obama supporter, I believe whether his shifting (“flexibility”) is principled or ... read more >>
Reopen MLK Hospital with Patients Top Priority
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 10 July 2008
Reopening Martin Luther King Hospital (MLK) must be predicated on providing quality health care for the poorest population in Los Angeles County. Reportedly, the University of California (UC) is set ... read more >>
Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Message Resonates
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 July 2008
Excerpts from Frederick Douglass’s Independence Day address, 1852, in Rochester, New York, embody his continued relevance and provide sobering balance to Blacks’ understandable euphoria over ... read more >>
Blacks and Latinos: Lessons from Mississippi
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 26 June 2008
California’s Black and Latino leaders should take a hard look at David Bacon’s essay, “Black and Brown Together,” (American Prospect, March 2008). It’s about a successful ... read more >>
Killing Spree Underscores Dire Need for Change
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 19 June 2008
Just two weeks ago, this column was about stopping the killing in Los Angeles. Since then, there were fourteen killings in Los Angeles County in one weekend—most in the city of Los Angeles’ ... read more >>

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